Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Extant and Simply Smiley tour their Super Power Panto adventure

EXTANT, the UK’s leading theatre company of visually impaired performers has joined forces with all year-round touring panto company, Simply Smiley, to present Super Power Panto!

Coming to The Lowry Theatre this March, this inclusive and family-fun spectacular will feature a host of lively characters set to uplift audiences and celebrate each and every superpower we have, making everyone a hero.

Flying off the pages of a tactile comic book set for an interactive, one-hour adventure, Super Power Panto aims to provide a family show that inspires and empowers everyone.

A collaboration between Simply Smiley’s extensive panto experience and Extant’s accessibility
techniques with visually impaired creatives, Super Power Panto presents a fresh, innovative pantostyle performance.

All cast singing and dancing, image credit Inko Ai Takita

Artistic Directors Maria Oshodi and Shannon McNab have been joined by British actor and comedy star Kiell Smith-Bynoe (Ghosts, BBC; Stath Lets Flats, Channel 4) in developing an
empowering and humorous story that encourages audiences to access and celebrate their own
superpowers, championing disability and power within the arts.

Written by actor Kelly Griffiths from Simply Smiley and Paula Connolly, who comes hot off of Extant’s Pathways Writers programme, this high-spirited script which integrates access for all, will be brought to life by a cast of Extant’s visually impaired seasoned actors and Simply Smiley’s pantomime stars against a tactile pop-up cartoon set.

Angel of Light Billy Bright Sunblock and Claude stand in a line, image credit Inko Ai Takita

Super Power Panto follows Extant’s overall mission to encourage the emergence of a new dynamic
space and to redress the invisibility of disabled artists, exploring new creative territories.

Director Maria Oshodi says, I’m delighted that the galactic giants of Extant and Simply Smiley have
finally joined forces to bring to the nation’s family audiences salvation in the form of the first
inclusive Super Power Panto! What a great way for me to complete 25 years of directing shows for

Director Shannon McNab also comments, Simply Smiley is over the moon to be partnering with the
Super Nova that is Extant, to produce a pantomime like no other. We started with a dream to
educate, inspire and empower young people, and our new show, Super Power Panto, does just this, by asking the important question of our young audiences – what is a real Superpower?

Friday 10th March The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford, M50 3AZ. Tickets available at:



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